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Use of pedometers found to decrease fatigue in rheumatoid arthritis patients

A pedometer can overall fatigue levels in those with rheumatoid arthritis.

Feeling tired and fatigued is something we can all relate to. However, some individuals have preexisting conditions that predispose them to feelings of excessive tiredness—more so than the average person. Rheumatoid arthritis is one of these conditions, as due to damage to the joints, RA sufferers become very tired after short bursts of activity. However, according to a new study, keeping rheumatoid arthritis patients preoccupied with the number of steps they take through the use of a pedometer has allowed researchers to see increases in activity and decreases in overall fatigue.

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic inflammatory disorder that can affect the joints as well as a wide variety of body systems, including the skin, eyes, lungs, heart, and blood vessels. It is an autoimmune disorder where the body’s own immune system begins to attack itself. This often leads to inflammation, causing painful swelling that can eventually result in bone loss and joint deformity. Factors that may increase your risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis include:

Your sex: Women are more likely than men to develop the condition

Age: RA can occur at any age, but commonly begins between the ages of 40 and 60 years old

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